Deauville Racecourse

Maurice de Gheest Glory For Dubawi’s Space Blues

Godolphin had two livewires in a renewal of Deauville's G1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest that looked well up to standard but also tough to call and it was the white cap of the second-string Space Blues (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) that emerged on top in a thriller. Third in this 6 1/2-furlong feature 12 months ago, the Charlie Appleby representative had yet to win over this short a trip but gave all the right signals with the way he travelled through the seven-furlong G2 Lennox S. when registering a career-best...

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Earthlight Put To The Test

Godolphin's unbeaten Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) faces his first major test of 2020 in a strong renewal of Sunday's 6 1/2-furlong G1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. Facing the older sprinters for the first time, last year's G1 Prix Morny and G1 Middle Park S. winner also meets Golden Horde (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}) who was a neck behind him when runner-up in the Middle Park at Newmarket in September. There was no sign that his delayed start to the season had meant a diminishing of his ability when...

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Le Havre’s Port Guillaume Back On Song in Normandy

Claudio Marzocco, Bernard Benaych and Jean-Claude Rouget's Port Guillaume (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) lost his unbeaten tag when a never-nearer fifth in Chantilly's July 5 G1 Prix du Jockey Club and bounced back in style, racing in the Marzocco silks, to annex Saturday's G2 Prix Hocquart Longines at Deauville. Unraced as a juvenile, he was an early riser this term with victories at Cagnes-sur-Mer in January and February and continued in similar vein post-lockdown with a May 12 Saint-Cloud conditions success before suffering his lone reversal last month. On the...

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Wootton Bassett’s Midlife Crisis Another Rising Star in France

Following the precedent set by Petricor (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the previous race, Shigeo Nomura's Midlife Crisis (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) posted a more straightforward display to earn a  'TDN Rising Star' badge of his own in Tuesday's Prix Le Bougnat, a 7 1/2-furlong newcomers' test for colts and geldings, at Deauville. The 46-5 chance was away in second and quickly asserted for an early lead. Comfortably holding sway thereafter, he was shaken up in front passing the quarter-mile marker and powered ever clear under mild coaxing in the closing...

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Frankel’s Petricor Earns TDN Rising Stardom in Deauville Debut

Sent postward as the 7-5 favourite for Tuesday's Prix les Ammonites, a 7 1/2-furlong debutantes' heat at Deauville, Khalid Abdullah's Petricor (GB) (Frankel {GB}) did not disappoint and earned 'TDN Rising Star' status with an impressive opening performance at the Normandy venue. The Andre Fabre trainee broke well from an inside gate, but was shuffled back to race in a midfield seventh after occupying a prominet second through the initial strides. Angled outside for an clear passage with 350 metres remaining she quickened to challenge entering the final furlong and...

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Olympic Glory’s Watch Me Wins the Rothschild

Alexander Tamagni-Bodmer and Regula Vannod's Watch Me (Fr) (Olympic Glory {Ire}) had the obvious form claims for Sunday's G1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville and all went to script for last year's G1 Coronation S. winner as she outbattled Half Light (Ire) (Shamardal) and Know It All (GB) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) for the win. Tracking Godolphin's Summer Romance (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) throughout the early stages, the 7-10 favourite got the split on the rail to edge ahead approaching the 300-metre marker and stayed on to score by 3/4 of a length...

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Bated Breath’s Cairn Gorm Takes the Cabourg

Unbeaten entering Sunday's G3 Darley Prix de Cabourg, Cairn Gorm (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}) kept his tally secure with a battling effort in the Deauville sunshine. Helped by the fact that his compatriot and the 11-10 market-leader Mighty Gurkha (Ire) (Sepoy {Aus}) was left at the start, the chestnut who was carrying the Hunscote Stud colours tracked the pace and was perfectly positioned before hitting the front passing the furlong pole. Asserting from there under Tom Marquand, the 17-5 second favourite scored by a length from Jubilation (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}),...

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Rothschild Takes Centre Stage On Sunday

Deauville stages the first of its August features on Sunday, with the fillies and mares granted the opportunity to strike at the highest level in the G1 Prix Rothschild. Alexander Tamagni-Bodmer and Regula Vannod's Watch Me (Fr) (Olympic Glory {Ire}) sets the standard, having won last year's G1 Coronation S. and finished third in the G1 Prix de l'Opera and she looked primed for another big effort when taking the course-and-distance Listed Prix de la Calonne on July 12. Trainer Francis-Henri Graffard is expecting a bold show. "She is in...

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Kendargent Filly Perfect in Deauville’s Prix Six Perfections

Andre Fabre incumbent See The Rose (Ire) (Kendargent {Fr}) got up late to prevail by a nose when posting a June 19 debut score tackling 5 1/2 furlongs at Chantilly, doubling up in a July 12 conditions heat over six at Deauville last time, and she made it a perfect three-for-three in Saturday's G3 Prix Six Perfections Sky Sports Racing back at the Normandy venue. Stalking the pace set by Wedding Dance (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) after an alert getaway in this first try at seven furlongs, the 7-5 favourite...

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Shamardal’s Earthlight Back With A Bang In France

Recovered from an injury which forced the abandonment of any and all plans for this term's rescheduled one-mile Classics, the belated reintroduction of Godolphin's homebred Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) in Sunday's Listed Qatar Prix Kistena at Deauville was as straightforward as starting odds of 2-5 might suggest and the Andre Fabre trainee maintained his perfect record, going six-for-six, with an impressive 2 1/2-length dismissal of Wanaway (Fr) (Galiway {GB}) in the six-furlong dash. Settled under cover in sixth after an alert departure from the outside stall, last term's G1 Prix Morny...

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Deauville Stages Classic Warmup

   Ahead of the following day's French Guineas', Deauville offers a tantalising warm-up on Sunday when it hosts the G2 Grand Prix de Chantilly and G2 Prix du Gros-Chene. In the former contest, kept to its traditional time slot but re-routed to Normandy, the Wertheimers' Ziyad (GB) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) returns to the scene of his career-best success in last year's G2 Grand Prix de Deauville. Runner-up in this last 12 months ago as well as the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, the homebred was waylaid on his trip...

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Call The Wind Advertises Gold Cup Claims in Deauville

Fresh from a break having garnered the immensely valuable Longines Turf H. at Riyadh Feb. 29, George Strawbridge's Call the Wind (GB) (Frankel {GB}) managed to continue the winning sequence in Sunday's G3 Prix de Barbeville at Deauville and book a potential trip to Royal Ascot. Prior to his Saudi venture, the homebred had been out of luck but always on the premises in seven starts since his defeat of Holdthasigreen (Fr) (Hold That Tiger) in the 2018 G1 Prix du Cadran at Paris Longchamp and it was that old...

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